Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.   

—Henri Matisse


Boldness Begins Here

Lower School Improvement Plan: Summer 2021

At Lincoln School, learning is an active process of making meaning of the world. Just as innovative curricula with appropriate scaffolding are crucial to this process, so too is an environment rich with opportunities for play, trial and error, and contemplation. 

We are thrilled to welcome Lower School students back in the fall to several surprises (for them) and targeted enhancements that have been designed to excite their senses and heighten their learning experience. When you and your child return to campus in September, you will find upgraded technology throughout the building, a number of rooms have been repainted, and we have also added new furniture in many locations.

Additionally, we are undertaking two more significant capital projects: an all new STEAM + makerspace and a completely revamped playground. Each of these projects was carefully designed with an eye to how girls learn and develop from their time in Early Childhood to the brink of adolescence in Grade 5. We look forward to sharing the spaces with you soon and watching your daughters make them their own.  


STEAM + makerspace

STEAM education emphasizes 21st-century skills, helps students become proficient in collaboration, questioning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Our makerspace will give our learners a hands-on method for STEAM learning, giving students space to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Our STEAM + makerspace connection underlines our commitment to making creativity and innovation a cornerstone in our school culture.

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

—Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer


We need to provide our children with natural settings in which to play, learn, and thrive. We need to help them form emotional bonds with the abounding beauty of flowers and trees, rivers and streams, critters and clouds. We need them to be fascinated by these things, to grow into close and careful observers of the world around them, to feel not only appreciative but protective, and to be prepared to live their lives accordingly. This is a public health strategy, an environmental strategy, and educational strategy … and a path to the future we want.

— Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health

At Lincoln School, our school playground is an extension of the pedagogic space of the school building. 

Outdoor play and learning environments are unique socio-cultural spaces where the built environment works with nature to foster play, learning, and a connection to the natural environment. 

It is a place for children to move, to develop social skills, to develop confidence and to learn with natural resources, observe the environment, and realize the connection that they have to nature. 


Interested in learning more about the Lower School Project or want to pledge your support?

Contact Molly Garrison, Director of Advancement, at 401-455-1168 or

More Renderings

Learn more about our latest capital project, the new Little School building!

Interested in learning more about Lower School, or ready to enroll your little learner?  Fill out an inquiry form or contact our Admission team today to get started!